As a transition zone between aquatic and terrestrial systems, they usually have characteristics of both.
They provide vegetative cover to help moderate water temperature, provide food, nutrients and organic matter to the stream, stream bank stabilization, and buffer streams from excessive silt and surface run-off pollution. A wide variety of animals are attracted to these areas including insects, amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, and mammals and many of these animals depend on these areas to exist. Suitable habitat (food, water, and shelter) is often provided in riparian areas to support these animals which may not occur in surrounding drier areas.
Streams and riparian areas are sensitive to urban development as removal of vegetation, paving near or over them, installation of culverts and pollution degrade the quality of these areas and impede there ability to function. For example, good quality streamside habitat is essential for ensuring healthy fish populations. Protecting riparian areas, while facilitating urban development that embraces high standards of environmental stewardship, is a priority for the government of B.C. Which is why the province developed the Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR). RAR provides the impetus for local governments to protect riparian areas during residential, commercial and industrial development in order to protect the heath, productivity and functioning condition of this important area.
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Drone Footage of Planting ~ RickskopterK'omoks First Nation Welcome by Elder Donna Mitchell and Councillor Katherine Frank ~ Graeme RobetsonPlanting and watering ~ Caila Holbrook I wanted to give a big, heart-felt thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help...
Happy Technician Tuesday! Earlier this year, our technician team surveyed Glen Urquhart stream to assess its profile for future stream restoration projects. While Glen Urquhart has been highly modified and impacted, salmon and other fish species do utilize it. Improved habitat in this area will directly benefit those species.
Welcome to our first Technician Tuesday!
Project Watershed held a community forum via Zoom to explain the restoration process that we are embarking on at Kus-kus-sum beginning June 21st, 2021. This is recording of that Zoom meeting.
The Kus-kus-sum project that Project Watershed is spearheading will not only create habitat for fish and wildlife, help mitigate climate, and increase green space, it will also help our community put reconciliation into action.
A variety of native plants, shrubs and trees will be established at Kus-kus-sum as part of the restoration process. This will not only provide food, shelter and habitat for fish and wildlife but also help mitigate climate change. Check out this video to find out more.